Kosovo film ‘Hive’ shortlisted for Oscars’ international feature

Kosovo film “Hive” is among the 15 films that will advance to the next round of voting in the Oscars Best International Feature Film race, the Academy announced on Tuesday.

The film from Kosovo marks countries’ first appearance on the Oscar shortlist.

The film directed by Blerta Basholli tells the story of Fahrije Hoti (played by Albanian actress Yllka Gashi), a woman who lost her husband when all the men in her village Krusha e Madhe were either killed or went missing after a massacre during the war in Kosovo. Fahrije whose husband has been missing since the war in Kosovo, and along with their grief, her family is struggling financially.

Based on a true story, Fahrije builds up a small agricultural business but faces the disapproval of a patriarchal society that would prefer she stay at home out of respect for her in-laws.

She struggles not only to keep her family afloat but also against a hostile community that is rooting for her to fail.